Guide to the Friend

“Guide to the Friend,” Friend, Mar. 2003, inside back cover

Guide to the Friend

The Guide to the Friend can help you find stories or articles for preparing lessons or talks for church or for family home evening. Look for the FHE symbol on the [original magazine] pages mentioned in the Family Home Evening Ideas. The Primary theme for March is “I know who I am.”

Family Home Evening Ideas

  1. Tell the story “Talents” (pp. 4–7). Talk about the different kinds of talents people are blessed with. Invite family members to point out each other’s talents. Make a copy of pages 24–25 for everyone and spend some time coloring the picture. Hang the finished pictures throughout your house.

  2. Begin by reading “Powerful Ideas” by Elder Dallin H. Oaks (p. 17). Then tell the story “Gift from Alice” (pp. 14–16). How did Katie and her family help Alice? How did Alice help them? Is there someone you can help this week?

  3. Do two activities using the scriptures. First, memorize “New Testament Riddle” (p. 27), and repeat it to your family. Help them to come up with the right answers by telling the story in John 11:1–44. Then pass out copies of “Proper Clothing” (p. 31) and work the puzzle. Check your answers in Ephesians 6:11.

  4. Invite a young family member to tell the story “Hannah” (p. 34). Pass a mirror around. As each person looks at his or her reflection, have each say something like “I am a child of God, and He will help me to grow and to develop my talents.” End with the poem “All by Myself” (p. 35).

  5. Take turns telling the experiences of the children featured in the Trying to Be Like Jesus section (pp. 42–43). Invite each family member to take a turn telling something he or she has done or plans to do to show that he or she follows the Savior.